verb (used with object)

to surround with hills: to hill potatoes.
to form into a hill or heap.

Nearby words

  1. hildegard von bingen,
  2. hildegarde,
  3. hildesheim,
  4. hilding,
  5. hilitis,
  6. hill climb,
  7. hill country,
  8. hill myna,
  9. hill mynah,
  10. hill of beans


    go over the hill, Slang.
    1. to break out of prison.
    2. to absent oneself without leave from one's military unit.
    3. to leave suddenly or mysteriously: Rumor has it that her husband has gone over the hill.
    over the hill,
    1. relatively advanced in age.
    2. past one's prime.

Origin of hill

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hyll; cognate with Middle Dutch hille, Latin collis hill; compare Latin culmen top, peak (see column, culminate), celsus lofty, very high, Gothic hallus rock, Lithuanian kálnas mountain, Greek kolōnós hill, kolophṓn summit (see colophon)

Related formshill·er, nounun·der·hill, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for go over the hill



  1. a conspicuous and often rounded natural elevation of the earth's surface, less high or craggy than a mountain
  2. (in combination)a hillside; a hilltop
  1. a heap or mound made by a person or animal
  2. (in combination)a dunghill
an incline; slope
over the hill
  1. informalbeyond one's prime
  2. military slangabsent without leave or deserting
up hill and down dale strenuously and persistently

verb (tr)

to form into a hill or mound
to cover or surround with a mound or heap of earth
See also hills

Derived Formshiller, nounhilly, adjective

Word Origin for hill

Old English hyll; related to Old Frisian holla head, Latin collis hill, Low German hull hill



Archibald Vivian. 1886–1977, British biochemist, noted for his research into heat loss in muscle contraction: shared the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine (1922)
Damon Graham Devereux, son of Graham Hill. born 1960, British motor-racing driver; Formula One world champion (1996)
David Octavius 1802–70, Scottish painter and portrait photographer, noted esp for his collaboration with the chemist Robert Adamson (1821–48)
Sir Geoffrey (William). born 1932, British poet: his books include King Log (1968), Mercian Hymns (1971), The Mystery of the Charity of Charles Péguy (1983), and The Orchards of Syon (2002)
Graham. 1929–75, British motor-racing driver: world champion (1962, 1968)
Octavia. 1838–1912, British housing reformer; a founder of the National Trust
Sir Rowland. 1795–1879, British originator of the penny postage
Susan (Elizabeth). born 1942, British novelist and writer of short stories: her books include I'm the King of the Castle (1970) The Woman in Black (1983), and Felix Derby (2002)
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Word Origin and History for go over the hill


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Medicine definitions for go over the hill


[hĭl]Archibald Vivian 1886-1977

British physiologist. He shared a 1922 Nobel Prize for his investigation of heat production in muscles and nerves.

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Idioms and Phrases with go over the hill


see downhill all the way; go downhill; head for (the hills); make a mountain out of a molehill; not worth a dime (hill of beans); old as Adam (the hills); over the hill.

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